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Remember the concept car Renault and Welsh designer Ross Lovegrove teamed up to produce? Here it is in its entirety, having been unveiled recently at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan.

It’s called the Renault Twin’Z concept, and apart from being a pretty artsy-looking electric city car, it reportedly hints at the replacement for the Renault Twingo that’s due to surface next year. Indeed, it draws its inspiration from the original Twingo as well as the Renault 5.

Measuring 3.6 metres long, 1.7 metres wide, 1.5 metres tall and with a 2.5 metre wheelbase, the Twin’Z packs a 68 PS/226 Nm rear-mounted electric motor that’s fed by four under-floor lithium-ion battery packs. Drive goes to the rear wheels via a single-speed gearbox.

Renault Twin'Z

Thanks to a carbon-fibre body and a lightweight tubular frame chassis, the Twin’Z weighs 980 kg and has a claimed top speed of 130 km/h, while range is quoted at 160 km. There are MacPherson struts up front, a double wishbone setup out back and adjustable Ohlins dampers. Those nature-inspired alloys are 18-inchers, shod in 205/40 series rubber.

The concept also features electrically-operated suicide doors and an “LED roofscape,” which blends seamlessly into the rear window. LEDs incorporated into the glass act as brake lamps, which when activated, climb gradually towards the roof. Fancy!

The interior is glitzy in appearance but minimalist in layout (in Renault’s words, “dematerialised”). The absence of B-pillars create a sense of informality and space. Replacing switches and buttons is a centre console-mounted tablet that controls all vehicle functions, while a dash-mounted smartphone displays the usual driving information.

Renault Twin'Z

The Twin’Z’s platform, which the production version of the upcoming Twingo will use, is the result of a collaboration with Mercedes-Benz’s Smart division. The platform will also underpin the next fortwo and forfour.